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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Just got my baby "1 year old" achacha!
« on: February 26, 2021, 05:46:42 PM »
Somebody stop me!
I just checked out the Fast Growing Trees website, and I am about to fall off the "plant buying" wagon!

Oops, too late. Never mind...


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Fertilizing blueberries
« on: February 25, 2021, 06:14:15 PM »
I start to feed mine as soon as they start to show growth in the spring AND I know it won't freeze any more.  I don't mind a bit of frost after I have encouraged them to grow, but I want to avoid a hard freeze.  For us, that is usually March.
I give them Osmocote Plus and Espoma soil acidifier.
Don't know what the equivalent would be in your area. 


Yes, spiders are the good guys! And cute, to boot!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mango suddenly dried
« on: February 22, 2021, 09:19:52 AM »
I have had plants do this while still in the warmth of my greenhouse, and always wondered what happened.  Mango, miracle fruit, finger lime, and a couple of citrus.  They just suddenly turn brown and die. 
Wish they could talk...


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao pod from the supermarket
« on: February 18, 2021, 09:15:10 PM »
I agree the seeds look good!  Mine that I planted from seed bloomed the first year.
Good luck!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao pod from the supermarket
« on: February 18, 2021, 07:25:39 AM »
Good luck!  it may be very over-ripe.  The ones I have seen are yellow or red when fresh.  If it is too old, the seeds may not be good, so I will keep my fingers crossed for you!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Major winter storm!
« on: February 14, 2021, 03:41:07 PM »
Oh my gosh, Mark!  What the heck is going on down there?  Hang tight!  If it is any consolation, our grapes have made it through -23 without blinking, so keeping our fingers crosses for yours.

Yeah, darn those electric fans that we need to push the heat around our greenhouses!  I wish I knew how to build those heat-driven fans that they set on wood stoves.  I have often wondered if enough of those, up high and pointing  down, would do the trick.

Hoping for the best for you!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / What to do when the power is out...
« on: February 14, 2021, 12:53:29 AM »
So we had a winter storm last night with lots of heavy, wet snow.  Neighbors lost power overnight, so this morning I decided that now would be a good time to finally buy that backup generator we have been talking about for the greenhouse.  The furnaces are gas, but unless the fans are on, the heat piles up in the ceiling, doing the plants little good.

Literally as I was Googling generators, our power went down (just came back on after 14 hours).

Harbor Freight, here we come! Along with half the city...
Got the very last generator (a lady even tried to buy it off of us in the parking lot as we were putting it our car!!!), and had the greenhouse hooked up lickety split. 

Hubby and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner out there in our little seating area, basking in the warmth of the furnace, with a nice glass of wine, the parrots chatting to us and the quail laughing, beneath the only lights in the neighborhood!  Quite fun for Valentine's weekend! 


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Extreme cold heat alternatives wanted
« on: February 13, 2021, 11:12:24 AM »
We are zone 6 and I have a friend who has PALM trees in his yard!  He wraps Christmas lights (the little ones) all around the trees from bottom to top, drops burlap sugar sacks over them and fills them with leaves.  Instead of burlap, your sheets would probably work fine.  The trick is the gentle warmth right up against the trees, and the insulation of leaves.

Good luck!


Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Edible "weeds"
« on: February 12, 2021, 07:08:13 PM »
I never kill anything that comes up.  I LOVE dandelions! When people ask why I am letting them grow in my lawn, I tell them that they are genuine imported European Lion's Tooth Asters! Plus they are beautiful!

One of my favorite plants is garden plantain (no relation to musa...). The seed heads are delcious, and my baby parrots especially love them.  When I tried to identify it, I took it to a local garden store.  They just said "it is some broadleaf weed. You can kill it with this". They were very confused when I said I didn't want to kill it!

As a matter of fact, my greenhouse has formed its own country - The Commonwealth of North Daintree. The country's motto is "Taraxacum in Perpetuum!"
 Dandelions Forever!


Hubby and I are almost fully vaccinated, so are heading to Vegas next month.  We hate to gamble, but I am going to jump off the Stratosphere Tower for my 60th birthday.
Does anybody know of any good nurseries in the Las Vegas area?????


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: UltraDwarf bing cherry
« on: February 05, 2021, 09:00:41 AM »
Bing cherries are awesome! They are my favorite!
The taste has nothing to do with the ultra dwarfing rootstock, so they will taste like any other Bing.
They do need about 700 hours below 45 degrees, so I don't know if you'll get fruit in your area.
Sometimes Home Depot will carry things if the zone is correct for the area, regardless of whether it will actually fruit in that area.  They are catering to all of us zone-pushing addicts.
Maybe you could borrow a ski resort's snow machine next winter. . .  :o


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Refrigerated jackfruit seeds
« on: January 30, 2021, 12:51:55 PM »
Thanks! I'll go raid the "recycle pile" in the alley behind our local nursery.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Refrigerated jackfruit seeds
« on: January 30, 2021, 12:24:41 AM »
They always seem to just drop all their leaves when they get about 2 ft tall.
Any ideas?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identify 2 trees please
« on: January 30, 2021, 12:03:22 AM »
I don't think the second one is caimito. When I zoom in on the pic, it is missing that glorious, coppery gold sheen on the backs of the leaves.

Oh yep I thought iculdnt see the underside...
Second and third pics are the same tree. I used the third pic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Refrigerated jackfruit seeds
« on: January 29, 2021, 11:59:28 PM »
So, I have great luck sprouting jackfruit seeds, but poor luck keeping seedlings alive. I wanted to try again (being a glutton for punishment), and went the cheap route by buying a slice of jackfruit at our local grocery store.  It had been packaged a week earlier and was in the refrigerated section.  From a $2 slice, I got four seeds, and they all came up!
I thought that was pretty interesting.
Now, if I can just keep them alive!


Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya/Pawpaw hybrid
« on: January 29, 2021, 10:18:10 AM »
If it weren't for thousands of years of botanical experimentaion, we would all still be eating teosinte instead of sweet corn!

So have at it!!!!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help identify 2 trees please
« on: January 29, 2021, 10:12:47 AM »
I don't think the second one is caimito. When I zoom in on the pic, it is missing that glorious, coppery gold sheen on the backs of the leaves.


Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / Re: Garlic
« on: January 28, 2021, 06:47:20 PM »
Be careful what you wish for - Last time we planted garlic was 21 years ago. It still comes up every year like clockwork, all over the place.
I think it has gone totally "bush" on us, and the bulbs are small and HOT!


Rebalancing works when the natural progression of things happens over long periods of time. But when man introduces things, the native species don't have time to adapt. Then we are left with "the cane toad dilema", so we had better clean up our mess.  Let's make some yummy python, kudzu, lionfish and iguana soup!
I do find iguana kind of tough. I recommend a stint in a pressure cooker before grilling.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabo help
« on: January 17, 2021, 10:31:38 AM »
I hate dry leaf tips, because opposite problems can cause the same symptoms.
It mat be getting either too much water, or not enough water.
Half way between waterings, dump the pot out and see if the soil is sopping wet or bone dry.  If moisture is good, the next two likely culprits are low humidity and over-fertilizing.
From what I understand, jabos don't like a lot of fertilizer. It can build up in the soil (sometimes people call it "salt" buildup, but it is not sodium, per se, it is just too much fertilizer) and burn leaf tips.  You can repot and add some more soil that has not been fertilized, cutting down on the amount in the soil.

Other folks might have some other good ideas.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Shade paint vs shade cloth
« on: January 12, 2021, 07:24:17 PM »
Don't put the shade cloth right onto the greenhouse. It will rub the UV coating off the polycarbonate. My frame is a foot above the greenhouse. It is made out of metal pipe and fixtures that I bought at the camping outlet.  The current cloth is 40%. I used to have 80% but it was way too dark inside. 40% is still too dark for my high-light plants.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shade paint vs shade cloth
« on: January 12, 2021, 12:03:30 PM »
I am thinking of trying shade paint on my polycarbonate greenhouse this summer instead of shade cloths. Anybody else have experience with shade paint???


Checked the tag, I have had it since 2017. January of 2020 all the leaves dropped. The pic shows tiny flushes of leaves, but they have looked like that for months. The tiny leaves never get anyy bigger. 1/4 mm long.

I am SO ready to give up on citrus all together, unless I can get this figured out.

This is it. I call her "Baldy" :)

You can see a tiny cluster of leaves. It pushed these out this summer and this is all the bigger they got.

Daintree are you saying that your tree has not had any leaves for a year?
Yep. I keep thinking it will flush, but it just puts out more flower buds! It is 6 years old and did really well up until last winter.  All the leaves dropped, and no amount of light or fertilizer would help. I will go get a pic right now. Soil drains well.

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